Farmington Hills man arraigned after fight turns fatal

James David Dickson

Farmington Hills — A Farmington Hills man whose punch is alleged to have led to a man’s death weeks later was arraigned Tuesday on homicide charges.

On Aug. 9, police were called to respond to a fight at the Flamingo Mobile Home Park. While an officer was speaking to one of the parties in the brawl, 52-year-old Matthew Lee Wegyn of Farmington Hills was hit in the face from behind by another alleged participant in the fight, Dante Manley-Ernest Nederveld, 37, according to authorities.

Wegyn fell and hit his head on the pavement.

Nederveld was arrested on the spot and charged the next day with aggravated assault.

On Sept. 3, Farmington Hills police learned that Wegyn died from his injuries. The next day, the Oakland County Medical Examiner determined that the cause of Wegyn’s death was homicide. On Sept. 9, the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office charged Nederveld with involuntary manslaughter, a charge that could bring a penalty of 15 years in prison and/or a $7,500 fine.

On Tuesday morning, Nederveld was arraigned on the new charge in the court of 47th District Court Judge James Brady. He was released on a $75,000 cash bond and required to wear a GPS tether. He will next appear in court on Sept. 25 for a pre-exam conference.